2011 Women's Forum Safran spotlights innovation, female style!

Paris, October 13, 2011

During the Women's Forum taking place in Deauville, France from October 13 to 15, Safran, a partner in this forum, asked about 30 of its employees to take part in the discussions and conferences addressing women's vision and influence on today's leading economic and social challenges.

In particular, Safran delved into the subject of women's role in innovation, through a workshop entitled, "And if half of all technology innovators were women?", scheduled for Thursday, October 13 at 12:30 pm in the James Bond 1 room. This workshop provided an opportunity for the Safran group to spotlight ways in which women can largely transform technological innovation and engineering.

Lydia Guerville, Vice President, Programs at Safran, and Brigitte Romagné, founder of Routes de l'Innovation ("Innovation Pathways"), a series of seminars and conferences designed to provide training in various aspects of innovation, co-chaired this workshop.

Safran's businesses depend in large part on the development and integration of cutting-edge technologies in many different disciplines. In 2012, the Safran group plans to recruit about 2,000 new engineers and management staff. Safran naturally supports gender equality, and is aiming for 30% women among its new hires.

Since 2006 Safran is also a partner in Elles Bougent ("Women on the Move"), an industry association created to encourage young women to study scientific and technical subjects, by providing information on career opportunities in these fields, especially as engineers.

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Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and equipment), Defence and Security. Operating worldwide, the Safran group has more than 54,000 employees and generated sales of 10.8 billion euros in 2010. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. The Group invests heavily in Research & Development to meet the requirements of changing markets, including expenditures of 1.2 billion euros in 2010. Safran is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris and its share is part of the CAC 40.

Communications Department
Catherine Malek
Tel : +33 (0)1 40 60 80 28
Email:catherine.malek@safran.fr

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